Wait Till You See My Brand New Home!
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
September 11, 2005
1. HEAVEN'S POPULATION!
A. THE CITY THAT AWAITS US!
B. THE CROWD THAT AMAZES US!
2. HEAVEN'S TRANSFORMATION!
A. FORMER THINGS WE WILL NEVER ENCOUNTER!
B. FUTURE THINGS WE WILL EVER ENJOY!
3. HEAVEN'S JUBILATION!
A. THE SAINTS WILL BE WELCOME!
B. THE SAVIOR WILL BE WAITING!
o In Valladolid, Spain, where Christopher Columbus died in 1506, stands a monument commemorating the great discoverer. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the memorial is a statue of a lion destroying one of the Latin words that had been part of Spain's motto for centuries.
o Before Columbus made his voyages, the Spaniards thought they had reached the outer limits of earth. Thus their motto was "Ne Plus Ultra," which means "No More Beyond." The word being torn away by the lion, on Columbus' monument, is "ne" or "no," making it read "Plus Ultra." Columbus had proven that there was indeed "more beyond."
o As we look into God's Word, as believers, we see that there is indeed "more beyond" in a place called Heaven. It is a place reserved for every blood bought, born again child of God. The Bible teaches us that once we are Heaven born we become Heaven Bound.
o In a 2004 survey conducted by George Barna, 81% of Americans believe in a literal Heaven and that 78% of Americans expect to go to Heaven when they die; however, only 22% of those surveyed admitted that they never read their Bible, pray, or attend church.
o It reminds me of a story told by R. Earl Allen of a group of men that were discussing the church. As they were talking a minister walked by, and the man leading the discussion stopped him. He asked the pastor, "Tell me, don't you agree that it is possible for a person to go to Heaven, and not go to church?" The pastor thought for a moment, and then replied, "Yes, I guess it is possible for a person to go to Heaven and not go to chu ...
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